Hi everyone! Welcome to the flight you've all been waiting for! In this report, I will be covering the flight from Hong Kong to Penang. After my family had decided that Penang would be the final destination in terms of where we'd go for a quick getaway, we got all the flight and hotel bookings in an instant! I have to admit, I was excited to escape the city life and trade it in for a week at a resort. Also, this was my first trip to Malaysia, so I was really looking forward to going somewhere new. In any case, I hope you guys enjoy reading this report!
Pre-flight: To sum things up quickly, I'm not a huge fan of early morning flights!! It all started with me getting up at 5:30 in the morning on Saturday in August. I was still on holiday mode and I very much liked to sleep in. Since I live about 50 minutes to an hour away from the airport, I only had half an hour to get ready as we had arranged for a private SUV that would pick us up at 6:00 AM. However, I didn't think of it to be that bad since I could sleep during the ride to the airport, which I did. I woke up a little groggy, but that didn't stop me from trip reporting! ;)
HKG Check-in area
KA check-in desks. It took five minutes for the whole process, from then I proceeded to security and immigration, which I easily breezed through.
Early morning departures
My flight was departing from gate 41 this morning, and I decided to head to The Bridge once again since it was the only lounge that was closest to the gate. In most cases, I would use the automated people mover in order to make the distance easier, but this time I walked the whole way as I thought I'd get something from Starbucks located near gate 21. However, I got a glimpse of the line and it was massive! I eventually changed my mind and thought it would be better if I would meet my parents at The Bridge since they were there already, and get some breakfast over there.
HKG Departure area
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER B-KQH, serving as CX548 to HND
Reaching the end of the mid-concourse
The plane flying us to PEN: B-LAB, an Airbus A330-300 which was previously a part of CX's fleet before being transferred to KA
We were at the lounge for about 20 minutes before we were on our way to the gate, which was not a long walk from the lounge.
Time for a break!!
Heading down the aerobridge
Some flight background information before I board: Date: 22 August 2015 Airline: Dragonair Flight Number: KA 633 Route: Hong Kong (HKG) - Penang (PEN) Aircraft: Airbus A330-300 Registration: B-LAB Distance: 1491 miles Scheduled Departure Time: 8:15 AM Actual Departure Time: 8:46 AM Scheduled Arrival Time: 11:50 AM Actual Arrival Time: 11:49 AM Flight Time: 3 hrs 35 mins Departure Gate at HKG: 41 Arrival Gate at PEN: A4A
Main business class cabin, which you'd normally expect from CX's regional business class
My seat for today: 16K
I found the legroom to be a bit cramped, but not bad for a 3 hour flight.
View from my seat, right next to a Cathay Pacific Airbus A340-300 B-HXC, which would fly to MNL this morning as CX901
From what I can remember, the business class cabin had a relatively light load with approximately 15 passengers onboard. I wasn't so sure about the load in Y though.
Menu for today's flight
It didn't take that long for boarding to be completed, and after the routine tasks such as the captain's pre-flight announcement as well as the safety video, we started the pushback at 8:27 AM
CX aircraft everywhere!!!
View of the terminal after pushback, giving me the opportunity to spot an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-200ER, ZK-OKF which arrived from AKL as NZ87 along with an Air India Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner, VT-ANK which arrived from BOM via DEL as AI310 and would continue on to ICN later on.
A little sneak peek of the new midfield concourse which will be open in 2016, with Hong Kong Express Airbus A320-200 B-LCF infront
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER B-KPO
The next thing I knew was the usual takeoff sound from the Airbus A330-300, from then on we lifted off from Runway 07R by 8:45 AM, heading down south towards PEN
Afterwards, I decided to check out the inflight entertainment system, studioKA (which is pretty much the doppelgänger of StudioCX)
I was finally able to watch The Big Bang Theory Season 8 on this flight!!!
The breakfast service on this flight began very quickly as far as I can remember from three years ago. Anyways, here is the table setup with fruit as a starter along with orange juice and pineapple yogurt
Main course - which was the stir-fried udon with prawn cake and squid Chinese dim sum. From what I can remember, it was one of the worst meals I've ever had on an airplane. For starters, it did not look appetising at all, and the udon was so bland that I stopped after a few bites.
In order to make up for the terrible main course, I watched a couple more episodes of The Big Bang Theory, right after I explore the flight map and ask for a cup of coffee
Cruising over the South China Sea
A quick trip up to the lavatory, which is just the standard bathroom on an Airbus A330-300
One thing that I somehow find unique about the regional business class cabin
At that point of the flight, I was feeling extremely tired that I decided to just put on my music and reclined my seat until we were ready to land
I took a nap for about an hour until the captain came back to announce that we are starting the descent into Penang and as always, we would have approximately 30 minutes before landing
Upon checking the map for the second time, it turned out that we were already in Malaysia
It wasn't long until the cabin started to prepare for landing, upon which I was able to get the first sights of Penang
We landed right on time to beautiful weather in Penang!
Actual flight route
Docking at gate A4A
Disembarking/Arrival into PEN
Post-flight: The airport was recently renovated, and was completed in 2013. IMO, I would definitely say that it's a decent sized terminal.
Baggage claim area. It took us 2 minutes to claim our bags.
Arrival area in PEN
Afterwards, we found our ride which would take us to our hotel and then get ready for a week of relaxation!!
Cathay Pacific - The Bridge Lounge
Hong Kong - HKG
Penang - PEN
Overall, this was a good flight with a regional airline such as Dragonair. Although there were some parts of this flight which I felt were a hit-and-miss. For instance, the service provided by the cabin crew was average, and the meal was definitely a huge letdown. However, the seat and the entertainment were the only things that were exceptional, even if it was just for a 3 hour, early morning flight. In any case, thanks for reading this report!! Hope you enjoyed it! Stay tuned for the return trip to Hong Kong coming up soon!
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